Community stitch challenge week one: Sue Stone
The TextileArtist.org Community Stitch Challenge is now LIVE!
What is the TextileArtist.org community stitch challenge?
In the face of social distancing and self-isolation it’s a sad fact that spending time in-person with others who share your passion for textiles has become an impossibility.
Maybe you’ve been looking forward to a stitch workshop that’s been cancelled? Or perhaps your local embroidery group is no longer able to meet?
And we know how disappointing that can be.
Wishing everyone stays safe and healthy. I would have been joining you on your workshop at the Ropeworks today, so sad to miss that but hope we can go ahead in November as planned.Pat Lumb
And without regular connections with your stitch sisters it can be easy to become demotivated and lose your creative spark.
But we’ve been truly inspired by many stitchers like you and your determination to stay positive.
Soooo grateful for this stitching community and everyone’s posts and wonderful work! I feel that when we do anything creative, the energy it carries opposes the fear and anxiety which so many of us are experiencing right now. Take good care everyone.Mary Bragg
And that’s why we’re teaming up with some amazing embroidery artists to bring you the TextileArtist.org community stitch challenge.
What is the community stitch challenge?
The community stitch challenge is a 100% free way for you to connect with other passionate embroiderers within the TextileArtist.org community and take part in a shared stitch experience.
Every Monday for the next five weeks a different textile artist will deliver a burst of inspiration especially for you in the form of a short video workshop and a hand stitch challenge that you can do at home over the following few days.
Like so many, I’m having to self isolate and it’s such an anxious time. Stitching is my salvation!Laura Cryer
But stitching at home doesn’t mean stitching alone. Because every day you can check in and chat with your fellow stitchers in the special Community Stitch Challenge Facebook group.
Not on Facebook? No worries. We’ll be posting the challenge every week here on the TextileArtist.org website too.
And this week’s challenge is led by someone very close to our hearts…our mum, Sue Stone.
Who is Sue Stone?
Sue is a celebrated textile artist who has taught stitch workshops all over the world, including in the UK, US, Canada and France. She is former Chair of the world renowned 62 Group of Textile Artists and has exhibited her figurative embroidery globally.
On top of all that, she’s the inspiration behind TextileArtist.org, the reason we started the site in the first place – so who better to kick off the community stitch challenge?
What is the first challenge all about?
Sue believes that stretching your creative boundaries doesn’t rely on learning lots of complicated, fancy techniques. She creates her own textile art using just a handful of traditional hand stitches in combination with some simple mixed media.
And in today’s video, Sue will share with you an exercise she uses in the development of her own work to find new and exciting ways to push the potential of simple and well worn techniques.
You don’t need any fancy tools or materials (just some fabric, threads and a needle) and it doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or an experienced embroiderer, so dive in, have some fun and get stitching.
What to do next
- Download the workbook for Sue’s stitch challenge now!
- See a demonstration of running stitch for right-handers here or if you’re left-handed click here
- Join the Community Stitch Challenge Facebook Group now
- Discover more about Sue’s approach to making textile art here
- Got questions for Sue and don’t want to join the Facebook group? No worries! Leave a comment below.